March 2016 Newsletter

Candlewood Isle Newsletter

The Newsletter of the Candlewood Isle Tax District

March 25, 2016

 

 

 

In This Issue:

 

·        2nd Annual CI Photo Contest April 15

·        Dinner and a Movie Night Resumes in May

·        Book Club Reading “An Invisible Thread”

·        2016 Candlewood Golf Classic July 22

 

 

 

 

 

Adult Recreation

 

 

 

B

ook Club:   The book for April  is “An Invisible Thread" by Laura Schroff .  In her own words, Schroff says:  “’An Invisible Thread’ is the inspiring true story of Maurice and me. We met on 56th street in Manhattan in 1986, when I was a 35-year-old single, successful ad sales executive, and he was an 11-year-old homeless panhandler. He asked me for spare change; I said no and kept walking. But something made me stop and turn around and go back to him, and that day I took him to lunch. We met the following Monday, and every Monday for the next four years, and hundreds of times after that. Almost 30 years later, we are still great friends. ‘An Invisible Thread’ is the story of how we changed each other’s lives forever.” Book club will meet Wednesday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the home of at the home of Gillian Grozier.  Please RSVP to her at 203-746-6645 or ggrozier@netsagemarketing.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  All are welcome!

 

THE SECOND ANNUAL CANDLEWOOD ISLE PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST

 

We should recognize, appreciate and acknowledge the beauty within our community, and its environs.  The following are the subject categories: Candlewood Isle, Candlewood Lake, Emotion, Natural Beauty, Other, Recreational Activities, Seasonal Scapes, and Wildlife

Only one entry per individual per category.

 

The Contest Rules:

Participants must:

·         Be residents of Candlewood Isle (there are no age restrictions).

·         Enter only their original photo(s).

·         Photos must be on photo paper (this enhances the visual presentation of the image).

·         The reverse side of the photo must include the name and Candlewood Isle address of the Photographer, and the contest subject category. 

·         Photos will not be returned, and by submitting the photo permission is given for display to the CI community and online.

·         Deadline for entering photos is April 15, the day prior to our annual meeting. 

·         Photos will be displayed and Judging will occur shortly after deadline, at the clubhouse.

·         Winning Photos will be posted at the Clubhouse, and appear in the newsletter.  Photo(s) can be either sent to Photo Contest, P.O. Box 172, New Fairfield, CT 06812 or dropped off at 24 Lake Drive North.

 

Additional judges are required.  Volunteers must commit to be judges by April 15 and must be available for judging.  Judging criteria include ratings in the following areas:  Basic Technique, Special techniques, Composition, Lighting, Subject / Interest, Originality and Story / Mood.

Sponsored by Glenn Moore:  Contact Glenn @ glenn_1@att.net This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Dinner and a Movie Night will resume May 21.

Vinyasa Yoga:  Lengthen and strengthen with Vinyasa yoga. Normal schedule is Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and Wednesdays (by RSVP) at 7 p.m. Bring a mat and water. Feel great! Spectacular view! More info: Susan Brand at 203-300-6747 $15.00.

 

 

 

Updates from the Board

 

Roadwork will begin in the coming weeks.  Culvert repair will begin in the coming weeks on Sunset Trail, Ridge Road, Deer Run and Hemlock.  Paving around those areas will take place in early May.  A second round of repairs and paving will take place later in the summer.

Road sweeping will take place on or around April 15.  Please sweep any sand in your parking area and walkways into the road so that it can be taken away.

Please clean up after your dogs.  There have been reports that dog owners have not been picking up after their dogs, particularly on the tennis court near the Clubhouse.  Residents are reminded that they must pick up after their dogs on all Isle public spaces.

Camp 2016 registration will begin in early April through Ultra Camp.   Watch for notices from Junior Recreation announcing the opening of registration.

$25 per month trash removal from LoStocco Refuse ServiceLoStocco will offer trash removal for $25 per resident if 15 residents sign up for the service.  The Board does not endorse any service provider, nor can they coordinate any effort that favors one provider over another.  Therefore, if anyone is interested in coordinating the effort to get 15 residents together for this service, please contact Karen in the office.  

Isle Security to be discussed again at this year’s Annual Meeting, May 28.  While no change is imminent, the Board wants to once again have a discussion about residents’ security preferences.  A new camera system with license plate reading technology will be installed next year to add another layer of security.  However, the Board wants to hear residents’ opinions about how we spend our security dollars.  Please attend the Annual Meeting Saturday, May 28, to participate in the discussion.  

The Spring packet will be sent in early April. Residents can help the environment by receiving their packet by email. Requests can be found in the post office. Simple fill out the form and slide it through the slot in the CITD office door, or send a request to office@candlewood Isle.com.

 

Marina Applications will be sent in the coming weeks. The deadline for marina applications and payment is Monday, May 16.  The Marina Committee has had discussions with the Candlewood Lake Authority, First Light, and DEEP to pursue the Isle’s intentions of exchanging moorings for boat slips.  Unfortunately, the process won’t be completed in time for this season.  The docks will be installed Saturday, May 14, at 8:30 a.m.  Volunteers are most welcome.

The 2016 Candlewood Golf Classic is Friday, July 22, with shotgun start at Candlewood Valley Country Club at 8:30 a.m. followed by dinner and entertainment at the CI Clubhouse.

Thanks to Vivian Mocarski for her service.  After five years of service to the Board, Vivian Mocarski announced that she will step down at the end of her term June 1.  The Nominating Committee will nominate Joan Archer to fill the vacancy.  All other officers and directors will be seeking re-election at the Annual Meeting, which provides continuity in the current Board dating back to 2011.  However, there may be several vacancies to fill in 2017.  In particular, President David MacGown will be serving his last term in the coming year, so the Nominating Committee will be searching for a replacement in the coming months. The Board would like to work alongside any replacements during the coming year so they can easily assume the role(s) in 2017.  If you are interested in serving on the Board, please contact Pat Callahan or Gordon Pascal.

The next Board Meeting will be April 17 at 10 a.m. at the room next to the CI Post Office.  Board meetings are the third Sunday at 10 a.m. If you would like to submit items for the regular monthly meeting agenda, please do so at least one week prior to the meeting.  Submissions may be made by email to: clerk@candlewoodisle.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 

Keep CITD office updated:  It is important to keep the Candlewood Isle Tax District Office up to date on your current contact information.  If you have had a change/addition of your email address or any other contact information, please make sure to update Karen Hanley via:  office@candlewoodisle.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 203-746-0220.

 

Newsletters now monthly.  Next issue: Friday May 6. Submission deadline:  Tuesday, May 3.  Call Aimée Suhie at 746-5155, or e-mail suhieaimee@gmail.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to submit items for the newsletter or to be included on the e-mail lists. You can also see the newsletter at our fantastic Website www.candlewoodisle.com.

 

 

March

Candlewood Isle Newsletter

The Newsletter of the Candlewood Isle Tax District

March 4, 2016

 

 

In This Issue:

 

·        2nd Annual CI Photo Contest April 15

·        Dinner and a Movie Night Resumes in May

·        Book Club Reading “The Wright Brothers”

·        Candlewood Lake Sold!

·        Remembering Monty Nebinger

 

 

 

 

 

Adult Recreation

 

 

 

B

ook Club:   The book for March is “The Wright Brothers” by two-time Pulitzer Prize- winner David McCullough. From Amazon:  “He tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright. On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: The age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot. Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did? McCullough tells the surprising, profoundly American story of Wilbur and Orville Wright.” Book Club will meet Tuesday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the room next to the CI Post office. We will all host, so please BYOB and something to share (hors d'oeuvre or dessert).  RSVP to suhieaimee@gmail.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . All are welcome!

 

Dinner and a Movie Night will resume May 21.

Vinyasa Yoga:  Lengthen and strengthen with Vinyasa yoga. Normal schedule is Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and Wednesdays (by RSVP) at 7 p.m. Bring a mat and water. Feel great! Spectacular view! More info: Susan Brand at 203-300-6747 $15.00.

Photo pictured on Page 1 is one that Bob Stryker found online, and it calls the Post Office a “tavern”!  Bob says:  “I collect postcards and ephemera about the lake and the Isle.  This is a copy of a postcard that sold (I missed bidding on it!) just last week.  My copy is enlarged from that eBay listing. The seller just listed it as a Candlewood Isle postcard from the ‘30s, so I know nothing about it other than, by the cars, it should be from the early to mid-‘30ss, at most.  I liked the caption calling it the ‘tavern’ and that the isle was listed as being in Danbury.  I think we should rename it "The Tavern" rather than the post office -- it has a nicer, more glamorous ring to it. I have a number of cards that show scenes around the lake with incorrect municipal locations.  A fair number, regardless of where they were photographed, are all listed as ‘Danbury.’"

THE SECOND ANNUAL CANDLEWOOD ISLE PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST

 

We should recognize, appreciate and acknowledge the beauty within our community, and its environs.  The following are the subject categories: Candlewood Isle, Candlewood Lake, Emotion, Natural Beauty, Other, Recreational Activities, Seasonal Scapes, and Wildlife

Only one entry per individual per category.

 

The Contest Rules:

Participants must:

·         Be residents of Candlewood Isle (there are no age restrictions).

·         Enter only their original photo(s).

·         Photos must be on photo paper (this enhances the visual presentation of the image).

·         The reverse side of the photo must include the name and Candlewood Isle address of the Photographer, and the contest subject category. 

·         Photos will not be returned, and by submitting the photo permission is given for display to the CI community and online.

·         Deadline for entering photos is April 15, the day prior to our annual meeting. 

·         Photos will be displayed and Judging will occur shortly after deadline, at the clubhouse.

·         Winning Photos will be posted at the Clubhouse, and appear in the newsletter.  Photo(s) can be either sent to Photo Contest, P.O. Box 172, New Fairfield, CT 06812 or dropped off at 24 Lake Drive North.

 

Additional judges are required.  Volunteers must commit to be judges by April 15 and must be available for judging.  Judging criteria include ratings in the following areas:  Basic Technique, Special techniques, Composition, Lighting, Subject / Interest, Originality and Story / Mood.

Sponsored by Glenn Moore:  Contact Glenn @ glenn_1@att.net This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

 

Updates from the Board

 

  • Culvert repairs will begin in April

As determined by the inspection which took place last summer, six culverts under the Isle roadways are about to collapse.  They will be repaired in April, and the road over those culverts will be repaved shortly thereafter.  A second round of culvert repair and paving will take place later in the summer.

 

  • Street sweeping and basin cleanout will take place in April as well.

 

  • Interest is charged for unpaid taxes at 18%

Legal counsel and our auditors have advised us that interest must be charged and collected for each month of delinquency.  The current rate required by law is 18% per year or 1.5% per month.  If payment is not received when due or by the first of any following month, interest will be charged for the previous month.  Costs to collect the taxes (lien fees and any legal fees) are also added to the resident’s account.

 

  • The next Board Meeting will be March 20 at 10 a.m. at the room next to the CI Post Office.  Board meetings are the third Sunday at 10 a.m. If you would like to submit items for the regular monthly meeting agenda, please do so at least one week prior to the meeting.  Submissions may be made by email to: clerk@candlewoodisle.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

News from the Candlewood Eye

 

 

Remembering Monty Nebinger

 

Curtis Montgomery (Monty) Nebinger, 53, of Oxford, CT, husband of Darlene (Nault) Nebinger, passed away February 19 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was the son of Edward Montgomery Nebinger of Candlewood Isle and the late Georgene (Conahan) Nebinger. He was born on June 13, 1962, in Wiesbaden, Germany, where his father was stationed with the United States Air Force. Monty grew up in Ridgefield and graduated from Ridgefield High School in 1980. After high school he attended New York Institute of Technology and the University of Wyoming. He received his Bachelors of Science in Marketing from Post University in Waterbury, where he was chosen Valedictorian, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0, Excellence in Marketing, and was elected to Alpha Chi Honor Society.  

 

Monty was self-employed in the construction trade before joining the family-owned business, Forecast International, founded by his father, where he worked his way up to vice president alongside his father, and his late brother, Doug, as part of a trio of friends.

 

Monty loved the water, travel and adventure from an early age. As a teenager he built a kayak and hydroplane with his dad. His summers were spent water skiing to Van Halen from "The Little Brother" ski boat off of Candlewood Isle.

 

His good friend Liam Glynn remembered:  “Monty was a true Isle kid and great young man. He loved to be at the beach hanging around and sitting on the wall, throwing Frisbees and skateboarding at the club, with "The Wall Gang" as John Sturner once dubbed it. He was a great motorcycle rider and skier. He tore around the Isle on that Suzuki RM 125 (in the days when you could get away with that) which you could hear at the beach when he was riding on Hemlock!

 

“That little purple boat with a huge motor, The Little Brother, with the little yellow Tweetie Bird decal on the side, was recognized by everyone. That boat had a lot of good memories and had that Van Halen tape (Diver Down Album) eternally in the cassette player. As a teen and young man he would have been seen often with members of the Bianco family, the Fields boys, Breens, Hannafins, Pascales, Sturners, Colesworthys, Rescignos, Leigh Brandes, John Boyle, Phil Riddles, Kristen Burrell, the McKenny family, Schlegels, Crowleys, Cheneskis, Dizozzas and Putnams, just to name a few, all from the Isle.

 

“His father, Ed, was always so helpful to us as kids and could fix and/or build just about anything and did. They took kids for rides at the club in that little blue hydroplane they built, with white stripes and a 20 HP Mercury motor that flew. Yeah, Monty liked to go fast and never wasted time. Many a wonderful summer and summer days and nights were spent with Monty on the Isle, with his tremendous wit and fun sense of humor. He truly loved it and was always pleased to be able to come back and visit his dad and Marge on Lake Drive North -- the house in front of which a few of us first met Monty, playing hockey on the frozen lake around 1974. His brother, Doug, was also a wonderful friend to Monty and his dad as well. Many will remember that Monty had a little green Fiat with letters on the back bumper that said "Get It All." He sure lived that way. As Candlewood Islanders, we all lost a great man, in body only, and we cherish the wonderful memories of Curtis Montgomery Nebinger.”

 

Monty is also survived by his sisters: Holly Murphy of Simsbury, Bonnie Mengel of Stone Mountain, GA, Fawn Nebinger of Madison.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please donate in Monty's name, Curtis Nebinger, to his doctor's valuable non-profit research: Daniel Boffa MD, Yale Thoracic Surgery Department, 330 Cedar St, Suite BB205 New Haven, CT 06510. Please make checks payable to Smilow Cancer Hospital with memo on check: Daniel Boffa Research.  Alternatively, we request that those who are eligible please consider becoming regular blood donors at their local Red Cross or blood drives.

 

Candlewood Lake Sold!

 

From the Danbury News Times:  Candlewood Lake, the largest lake in Connecticut, is being sold by FirstLight Power Resources’ parent company to a Canadian firm as part of a $1.2 billion acquisition. The sale of Candlewood Lake and other FirstLight properties in western Connecticut is expected to be finalized in mid-June, FirstLight spokesman Len Greene said Tuesday. The deal also includes the Bulls Bridge power plant in New Milford, the Shepaug power station in Southbury, the Rocky River power station in New Milford and the Stevenson Dam power station along the Monroe-Oxford border. Other properties in the sale are situated along the Housatonic River in Connecticut, and the Connecticut River in Massachusetts.

This marks the third time Candlewood Lake has been sold since 2006.

The buyer of the FirstLight properties, Montreal-based Public Sector Pension Investment Board, will increase its assets by 1.4 gigawatts, company officials said. One gigawatt is the equivalent of 1 billion watts. Greene said he doesn’t expect any job losses at the Connecticut plants, although the company name will change. “Nobody knows the plant better than these guys,” Greene said.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton also predicted little change as a result of the sale. Boughton said he expects leaders from the five communities that surround Candlewood Lake will sit down with the new ownership group once the deal is closed.

“We will have to meet with the new owners and talk about the work that’s been done so far to preserve the lake and get (them to) buy-in on protecting that asset,” Boughton said.

 

 

K

eep CITD office updated:  It is important to keep the Candlewood Isle Tax District Office up to date on your current contact information.  If you have had a change/addition of your email address or any other contact information, please make sure to update Karen Hanley via:  office@candlewoodisle.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 746-0220.

 

Newsletters now monthly.  Next issue: Friday March 25. Submission deadline:  Tuesday, March 22.  Call Aimée Suhie at 746-5155, or e-mail suhieaimee@gmail.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to submit items for the newsletter or to be included on the e-mail lists. You can also see the newsletter at our fantastic Website www.candlewoodisle.com.